So that’s Paul George of the Indiana Pacers going through-the-legs-360. Which is nice, for all of us, really.
I’d also like to point out LeBron who was also on this trip to Shanghai going nuts for George. This is today’s reminder that all of those rivalries you think are significant and meaningful are really the equivalent of guys wearing mustaches during your local community play to indicate that they are villains.
In a related story: Wow.
Video: Jordan Brand commercial creates the rivalry the NBA is missing
With all the superstar teamups, individual rivalries are getting lost. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant never really were rivals, for some reason. LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony has his guys and is too buddy-buddy with LeBron or it to be a rivalry. There’s just not a lot of umph to the rivalries in the league as of right now.
But Jordan Brand has created a pretty cool one, in commercial fiction, at least:
So that’s pretty awesome.
It’s also, and not to get too up-here, up here, but it’s a great showcase of the globalism that basketball is undergoing. Jordan Brand could never have showcased that kind of concept a decade ago, but now there’s a kind of coolness about the idea of two people, separated by the planet, being sent down a path towards one another as a result of the greatness of the sport transcending borders and distance.
You want the best example the game has become global? It’s being marketed as such to sell shoes.
Passing has really come back into style. We may have seen more creativity in dimes this year than in any year since maybe Magic’s Showtime Lakers. From Ricky Rubio to the wizardry of the Nuggets’ team to Lob City, passes are uniquely in style.
And hey, there’s a video that shows some of the season’s best assists. This one isn’t comprehensive, no video will be. But some of these are just jaw-dropping.
Behind-the-back was definitely the theme of the year, whereas in previous years the between-the-legs has been used. We were even robbed of a half-season’s worth when Ricky Rubio went down with his injury. But it’s nice to see that in a sport that gets tagged as such an ISO-heavy, streetball-style, that there’s proof of the beauty in ball movement still being alive and well in the NBA.